Some few things

Archaeologist (the older, the better). Writer (or trying, anyway). Reader (of the voracious sort). Christian (the greatest of these is love). Television Consumer (stories in colour). Aspiring PhD Candidate (see following re: dreamer). Dreamer (head in the clouds). Wanderer (feet on the ground). Apparent Internet Junkie (well I’m here, aren’t I?).

That was the short version.

The slightly longer version is this:

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved old things. First, it was Bath, England (for the scones), then it was Giza, Egypt (for the camels…just kidding!), and finally it settled somewhere in Central Jordan by way of Bradford (where it was defensive architecture and use of landscape for…you know what? That doesn’t really matter).

Anyway, archaeology is fun, and getting to describe myself as a Forensic Archaeologist certainly makes conversations with US Customs Agents more interesting, but after a long and hard look at our relationship, archaeology and I decided to see other people for a while. I didn’t ask what it’ll be up to (and trust me: I’ve been on field schools. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know), but I plan to write.

When I told my financial adviser I was an archaeologist whose back up plan was writing, she didn’t laugh at me. She did tell me to come back when I had a steady income. That was a while ago, and I kind of miss her, so I am trying to find a job in writing that will let me use what I learned as an archaeologist (which is, to be honest, pretty much 1. How to think on your feet and 2. How to write a lot, and quickly, so that people will understand you). I’ve already survived life to this point going by my middle name, despite multiple trips to non-English speaking countries. I think I can handle carving out a career as a writer.

Until then, check out my book reviews and thoughts about writing. If you choose to follow me on Twitter, be warned I talk about TV. A lot. Also,  sometimes there is cake.


Emily Kate Johnston’s THE STORY OF OWEN, set in our world, but with vicious, destructive dragons that feed off our ever-increasing carbon emissions (and we all know dragons must be slain), to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in Spring 2014, by Josh Adams at Adams Literary (NA). — Publishers Marketplace

THAT’S RIGHT! There will be a book called THE STORY OF OWEN in the Spring of 2014 and…it will have my name on it.

9 responses to “Some few things

  1. I absolutely love The Story Of Owen. It’s just perfect, and since I can relate (with living in Kitchener) it makes the book even more dear to me. I made a trip out to Chapters (once my mother was told about the book from your friend who works at the bank in downtown) and bought that book.
    There’s a paragraph (on page 145) and it reads: “I had a sudden vision of Owen standing up there too, the real dragon slayer and the simulacrum while the entire population of Trondheim Secondary yelled “GO LANCERS!” at the top of their voices.” This stood out to me for one reason: my middle school’s-Laurentian Senior Public School-mascot is a Lancer. I fangirled for about ten minutes after I read that part. I mean, I don’t think you wrote that small piece about my school or anything, but small things mean things to me.
    I heard rumors about you writing a trilogy, but if that’s true or not, keep writing! It’s rare for me to ever get such inspiration. I have been writing (or at least trying) and a whole bunch of rough drafts and pieces have come out, but nothing spectacular, really.
    I will look forward to seeing more novels with the name “E.K. Johnston” written in clear print.

    Emma Lynne Dmitruk-Gole

    • That you for this excellent comment! I picked the Lancers for two reasons: first, because of St. George, but second because I knew it was a relatively common mascot in this part of Ontario. I love it when people tell me they are Lancers too. 🙂

      It’s not a trilogy, but there will be a second book next spring (probably March), to look forward too (plus a couple other things on the horizon, but they are further off).

      Thanks again!

      • Thank you for replying! I will definitely read the second book, considering the first was a slight cliffhanger. I did not see Siobhan getting injured, and it was such a plot twist.
        My mother supplied the idea to ask Lisa (the girl at the bank and Chapters, also your acquaintance) to see if you would come into my class and talk to us. Most people won’t really care, for it would most likely go in one ear and out the other, but I would appreciate it wholly. It is a rare chance, and my mother hasn’t gotten around to asking Lisa. I am now taking the chance to ask you. I am perfectly fine with a no, because it is such a short notice kind of thing.
        I will be awaiting your reply,

        Emma Lynne Dmitruk-Gole

      • Hello again!

        I have done classroom visits, but that is usually something I set up with the teacher. I know school is winding down, so it might be better to set something up next year? If you can get your teacher’s contact info, and pass it to me through Lisa, then I would be happy to try to set something up.

        (I don’t want to do too much personal info (ie. email addresses, your school, etc) on my blog.)

  2. Sorry about not replying sooner. I will give you my teacher’s e-mail address (and once you’ve copied the address you can delete this message). It is: [redacted]
    She would be delighted to hear from you. I would be overjoyed if you could come to the class. I have told my teacher and friends about it and they are interested, too. Enthusiasm, I would believe, is the correct term to categorize my feelings. Hopefully, you can set up a date with my teacher, and hopefully, you’ll come in.
    This is such an opportunity for me. You would be my second author I’d get to meet, after Vickie VanSickle. The only thing is, is that I had never heard of her before the writer’s workshop. But I know your writing style, and I know how much I love your stories.

    I hope you can get in touch with my teacher (and tomorrow I will tell her that you may e-mail her).

    Emma Lynne Dmitruk-Gole

  3. Sorry about that. It won’t come up, so I will get the e-mail through to you with my mother and Lisa. I hope, once again, that you will e-mail my teacher.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Emma Lynne Dmitruk-Gole

  4. Hi, my father is a colleague of one of your author friends, Karen B., and I was wondering if you would be willing to discuss book publishing with me over email. I am an aspiring author who has a finished and edited manuscript, and I’m trying to get some other things straight about the process and how to best go about it from someone who has lived it. Please let me know if there is a way to contact you? I don’t want to put my email address on here publicly. Thanks!

    Gabrielle G.

    • Hello!

      I am sorry for the delay in replying to this. I wanted to let you know that I will shortly be launching a website that will have my contact details available, and also that I’m putting together an “FAQ” to answer some of the questions you asked. In the meantime, I recommend tracking down a copy of the 2014 Writers’ Market book. Most bookstores have a “writing and publishing” section, and there are a lot of really useful resources in it.


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